Boxes and Other Supplies

*Calculator is a reference to be used as a guide*


Standard moving boxes

1.5 cubic foot moving box: Often referred to as the book or record box; best used for small heavy objects like books, records, cans, jars of food, utensils, flatware, shoes, etc.

3 cubic foot moving box: Referred to as the lamp or lampshade box; frequently used interchangeably with the 1.5 cubic foot box.

4.5 cubic foot moving box: As the box gets larger, use for lighter objects such as pillows, bedding, and stuffed animals.

6 cubic foot box: Use for light objects; if you pack heavy items in this box it will be difficult to move.

Picture or mirror moving box: A four-piece box that can come in large or small sizes (small shown); can be customized by telescoping in and out; use crumpled packing paper in the corners to add cushion and make sure to wrap your mirror or picture with bubble wrap before placing it in the box.

Wardrobe moving boxes: Allows clothes to be transported on hangers; includes a metal bar along top of box to hang clothing.

Boxes for moving dishes: Also called a barrel, dish barrel or dish box; it’s the strongest box available; pack fragile, breakable items such as china; usually used for kitchen items.

Dish pack inserts: Cardboard that goes inside the dish pack boxes to form individual cells for fragile items; inserts adjustable; extra cardboard piece included to be used as springboard to cushion

When you’re packing, remember this rule: the heavier the item, the smaller the box!


When you’re packing up, you’ll need more than just moving boxes. Here are few things that will help secure your items.

Permanent Marker: Label all boxes with there contents and designated room. List if contents are fragile if necessary.

PACKING PAPER: You can use these handy rolls of paper to pack almost everything. They also won’t leave smears or stains on your stuff like newspapers do.

BUBBLE WRAP: For all your most delicate and fragile items.

CLEAR PACKING TAPE: Seal up your boxes with clear tape so your labels aren’t covered up.

TAPE GUN: A tape gun can save time in the process. Your tape will always be ready to use – no more hunting for the edge on the roll!

STORAGE PADS: These blanket type pads can help protect items during moving and transport. They’re also great for keeping surfaces safe while moving into a storage unit.

FLOOR RUNNER: These self adhesive and disposable runners can save your carpet and floor from damage in your old and new home.

Ratchet Straps: We recommend ratchet straps to secure contents on the the moving truck from shifting during transport. We recommend a length of at least 12 ft long. (Recommended brand)

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